Ariana Nasr chante Piaf et Brel  


Les Productions le Moulin présentent Ariana Nasr chante/sings Piaf et en première partie, le guitariste (et accompagnateur) Curtis Thorpe. Ce sera notre dernier spectacle de 2016. 

Ariana Nasr sings Piaf and Brel, with guitarist and accompanist Curtis Thorpe as opening act. This will be our last show of 2016.

le samedi (Saturday) 12 novembre chez Evelina à 7:30

Billets/Tickets: 20$ (étudiants/students 12$)

en vente/on sale chez Evelina, Saulnierville Pharmacy, Weymouth Drugstore, Ocean Blue Music


Grand merci à nos commanditaires/Thank you to our sponsors: Tusket Toyota, Weymouth Pharmasave, Patrimoine canadien, Arts, N.S., Municipalité de Clare

"So, so good and almost inexpressibly cool." -Mike Campbell, owner of the Carleton, Halifax

"What a singer! Dramatic, theatrical, and so very musical. Nasr does not imitate but, rather, channels Piaf and truly embodies these glorious songs." Artistic Director, Deep Roots Music

"Over 50 years after her death, Edith Piaf remains the epitome of passion in musical expression." (opening sentence of an article on Ariana Nasr) -Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald, Dec. 18, 2015

Some information about Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel 

As with a multitude of other anglophones Ariana Nasr loves the classic French chanson. For those who aren't familiar with Piaf and Brel here is some information which we hope you'll find interesting and useful. Piaf and Brel each had very interesting lives but we'll leave you to do your own research on that, if you wish to do so.

Édith Piaf: born 1915, died 1963 (aged 47) was, quite simply, one of the most important and most famous performers of the 20th century.  

In 2015, Piaf's 100th anniversary, a Piaf box set containing 350 songs was released. Over the years there have been approximately 500 compilation albums of Piaf's work. An average of 12 a year have been released since the advent of the CD era in the late 1980s. 

Some of her most famous songs are:

-La Vie en Rose (1946): her signature song, one that has also become a hit for eight other artists, including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Grace Jones. The song has also been performed by Donna Summer, Lady Gaga, and Madonna, among many others, and has been featured in over 35 films.

-Sous le ciel de Paris (1954): Title song of a movie. Piaf helped popularize the song in the U.S.

-L'homme à la moto (1956): An American hit recorded by The Cheers called  Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots, which Piaf adapted. 

-Hymne à l'amour (1956) Hymn to Love, also recorded by Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee, Cyndi Lauper, Nana Mouskouri, Barry Manilow, etc.

-Non, je ne regrette rien (1959): also recorded by Shirley Bassey,  La Toya Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and featured in a Cadillac ad. 

-Milord: A big international hit in 1960, an English translation of the song was also recorded by Bobby Darin, Cher, Herb Alpert, and it was Teresa Brewer's last hit in 1961. 

-Les Trois Cloches: a big hit for The Three Browns (1959), now known as The Three Bells (1950) or Little Jimmy Brown.   

-La Goualante du pauvre Jean (1954): an instrumental North American hit for Les Baxter (1956) under the title The Poor People of Paris. Also recorded by Eddie Cochran, Chet Atkins, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, and others. 


There have been approximately 24 films made about Piaf, the most recent being La Vie en Rose (2007). In this film Marion Cotillard won an Oscar for her starring role. (Celebrity gossip tidbit: Cotillard is the woman Angelina Jolie claims Brad Pitt was having an affair with, which caused the Brangelina break-up. But we digress....)


Jacques Brel: born in 1929 and died in 1978 (aged 49)

Brel, a Belgian, was a singer and actor as well as the most legendary and most influential of all French songwriters. His career was relatively short -he retired from performing in 1967 due to illness- but he had a strong influence on French artists as well as on Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Scott Walker, Tom Waits, and many others. A musical revue called Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which was produced off-Broadway in 1968, had a run of 1,800 performances. Closer to home, British singer-actor Noel Harrison did a one-man show (in French) of Brel songs that played one evening in the late 1970s at the Richelieu in Meteghan River. There are thousands of covers of his songs and at least 150 compilations of his songs have been released, not to mention many tribute albums. Here are some of his most well-known songs: 

-Ne Me Quitte Pas: In several polls, this song came out as the most beautiful French song ever written. It has been translated into 25 different languages and Rod McKuen translated it as If You Go Away, which has been recorded by dozens of artists, including Shirley Bassey, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Marlene Dietrich, Sheena Easton, Marianne Faithful, Bobby Goldsboro, Julio Eglesias, Tom Jones, Eartha Kitt, Cyndi Lauper, Brenda Lee, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Dusty Springfield, Sting, and Dottie West.

-Le Moribond: McKuen translated it (some might say badly) as Seasons in the Sun and it became a hit for the Kingston Trio and Terry Jacks. It was also recorded by Andy Williams and Nirvana, among others. 

-La Chanson des vieux amants (Song of the old lovers): recorded by Judy Collins

-Quand On N'a Que l'Amour: Sam Cooke, Céline Dion, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton-John, and Dionne Warwick all recorded it. 

-Amsterdam: One of two Brel songs that David Bowie recorded. Other versions include one by  John Denver.

-La Quête: Brel translated The Impossible Dream song from Man of La Mancha into French.

-La Colombe: The Dove was an anti-(Algerian) war song from 1959 that Joan Baez and Judy Collins recorded as an anti-Vietnam war song. 


Countless other artists have recorded Brel songs. A few other well-known songs are: Au Suivant (Next), Madeleine, Les Flamandes (The Flemish), Pays Plat (My flat country), and Valse à Mille Temps (The Waltz with a Thousand Beats)


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Curtis Thorpe will perform a short opening set: